Just over half of Carlisle United's squad is vaccinated against Covid-19, the club have revealed.

The Blues say the uptake of the jabs is in line with rates across the EFL.

Chief executive Nigel Clibbens, writing on the club website, said: "We currently have just over 50 per cent of the first-team squad vaccinated, which is typical of EFL averages."

The League in December published data showing 75 per cent of players were either fully vaccinated, had had a single jab or intended to be vaccinated.

Some 59 per cent of players were double vaccinated players, 10 per cent having had a single dose with six per cent set to receive a first jab.

Twenty-five per cent said they did not intend to get a jab.

Those figures concerned data collated for November and published on the League's website on December 16.

United saw games against Rochdale and Salford City postponed in late December because of Covid infections in the squad.

Clibbens said the number of cases on top of United's injury list meant they fell within EFL guidelines in having games postponed.

The director said Carlisle were left with just 13 fit players - including two goalkeepers - for the festive games.

The return of some players to availability meant they could return to action against Scunthorpe United on New Year's Day.

Manager Keith Millen said he has spoken to his players about the benefits of vaccination but would not insist upon his squad being jabbed.

"I think it’s just making sure there’s an awareness of what the recommendations are and why people are saying it," he said last month.

“I can’t force players to be jabbed. You’ve just got to say, ‘this is the consequence of you not being jabbed’ – you run the risk of maybe being ill or maybe infecting someone at home who might be older.

“We talk about it but there’s no way that I can insist that someone does it or stop them working, because that would be against the rules.”